You will almost certainly encounter the "ISM" curriculum during your College years. Many of you may have already encountered it without realizing its pervasive effect within the college curriculum. Once you identify and consider the ISMs, however, you can begin to understand them in the context of your Christian faith.
What is the ISM curriculum? In a nutshell, it is a version of humanistic truth or dogma that emphasizes the virtues and value of Individualism, Secularism and Multiculturalism and proudly exalts reason over all else, even using it to define the source of one's dignity. So what's the big deal you say? No doubt you've been exposed to these concepts throughout High School and perhaps even during your elementary school years. But did you ever stop to think and critically examine what's at the core of these doctrines? Have you ever truly examined the relationship between faith, reason and truth? If you haven't begun to think in earnest about these things, much of your college education still awaits you. If you're ready for it, then by all means watch our short video and continue reading on . . .
The Humanities disciplines compel us to ask ourselves what it really means to be human. College is one of the few times in your life that you will have the luxury of engaging and studying the very thing that Socrates was awed by and preoccupied with – the human condition. To “know thyself," according to Socrates, requires us to ponder and focus on this most basic of things. Truth be told, to focus on one’s self is the joy of college students and is in many ways the function and purpose of college overall. But it should not be surprising to realize that the human condition is, indeed, one of the primary focuses of Christianity and your Catholic faith. Click Here to read more…
At the very core of the Separation doctrine, one must come face to face with his/her individual identity, faith and virtue, as well as our identity as a nation of believers. Truth be told, the founders ingenuously crafted a First Amendment that forces each of us to confront our collective identities as believers and our duty to protect “the free exercise of religion” for as long as we cherish our rights and identities as faithful, devout people of God…. The brilliance of the First Amendment is found precisely in the tension between the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses. That tension ensures a lively, continuous, public debate on the role of religion in America. The crucial question for Americans is simply one of identity – do we trust and believe in the wisdom and promises of our Christian religion and dutifully live out our Catholic faith? Are we worthy heirs of the Kingdom of God and His promises? When Jesus comes, will He find faith in us and in our nation sufficient to answer the Church’s daily prayer to “look not on our sins but on the faith of your [His] Church?” Click Here to read more…
Students should insist upon respect from their professors for Christianity and its many positive, historical contributions to Western Civilization. Such an approach is consistent with an authentic understanding of multiculturalism and the inclusive spirit often associated with multiculturalism. Despite the educational emphasis on multicultural studies, today’s concept of “multiculturalism” too often denies and engenders hostility towards our rich and profound religious heritage and to an American national identity based on the Christian religion…. Recognizing what Pope Benedict XVI termed the “advent dimension” of culture is essential to a proper understanding of culture and multiculturalism. Cultures are rooted in values and history; they hold faith and religion central in their hearts; they change over time, are by nature inclusive and share common universal realities that pertain both to mankind and a transcendant reality. Click here to read more…